Palikir, Pohnpei — Federated States of Micronesia President David W. Panuelo on Monday issued a presidential proclamation ordering the FSM flag to be lowered at half-mast for four days in honor of the late Speaker Fernando Scaliem, of the 9th Pohnpei State Legislature, who passed away last week.
A similar proclamation was made by Pohnpei State government after the formal State Funeral services conducted in the morning.
Scaliem passed away last week.
“The government of the FSM recognizes that the late and Honorable Fernando Scaliem epitomized all that is right and virtuous in public service, and that he served with honor and dignity,” a press release from the office of FSM president sid. “Fernando Scaliem’s leadership in ethical and just behavior with the overarching goal for the betterment of others has shaped the norms for how Pohnpei State governs its affairs, and will he forever remembered as a paragon example of a public servant.”
On Guam, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Gov. Joshua Tenorio sent their condolences to Scaliem’s family.
“Speaker Scaliem was a very close friend to me and I will miss his friendship dearly,” Leon Guerrero said.
“He was a staunch advocate for the protection of our environment and the people of Pacific islands. He truly served from the heart and loved his family and his people,” Tenorio said.
Scaliem was the president of the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures and the longest serving APIL member, who served seven terms as an officer of APIL.